According to the EPA, as many as 35% of households in America don't recycle. Less than 10% of businesses in the country aren't recycling either. This represents an immense opportunity not only to help save the environment and adopt green waste management policies, but save money and space while doing so. Flood Brothers Disposal serves over 150 communities in the Chicagoland and Nortern Illinois areas with their recycling needs -- homes as well as commercial and industrial businesses and construction sites. See Recycle Across America for more interesting and staggering statistics about recycling.

The examples of the impact of recycling will astound you. Recycling just 1 ton of cardboard trash can save up to 46 gallons of oil. One person has the opportunity, on average, to recycle over 25,000 cans in a lifetime -- think of how much soda you drink and soup you eat! About half of the food in the United States goes to waste. Glass can be produced and recycled an infinite number of times. The list goes on.

What to Recycle

Part of what you can do to make the recycling experience go smoothly is to recycle the proper trash items, as well as keeping them sorted. We've put together a helpful list of items that can (and cannot) be recycled.

We thank you for joining us in our efforts to be the cleanest and greenest waste management and disposal company in Chicagoland. Learn more about our family owned company!

Recycling Electronic Waste

Do you have an old computer, laptop, tablet, or other piece of gadgetry that you want to get rid of in a responsible, green way? Here's some helpful information on electronics recycling, e-waste, benefits of recycling your cellphone, and where you can recycle your electronics in the Chicagoland area.

What I Can Recycle:

  • Aluminum food and beverage cans
  • Ferrous (iron), steel and tin cans
  • Foil and pie tins
  • Empty aerosol cans, dry paint cans
  • Corrugated cardboard, cereal boxes
  • Chipboard
  • Telephone books
  • Newspapers, junk mail and envelopes
  • Catalogs and magazines
  • Office and copy paper (without wax liners)
  • Clear, green and brown glass bottles and jars
  • Juice and soda bottles, 6- and 12-pack rings
  • Detergent and shampoo bottles
  • PET plastic containers with the #1 symbol-screw tops only,
    without the caps, no black trays
  • Water and milk jugs (with #2 symbol)
  • Plastics with the #3, #4, #5, #6 or #7 symbol

What Cannot Be Recycled (including, but not limited to):

  • Styrofoam
  • Microwave trays
  • Bottle caps, jar lids
  • Plastic bags
  • Porcelain/ceramics
  • Household items, i.e., toasters, pots and pans
  • Window/auto glass
  • Glass cook/bakeware
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Coat hangers
  • Containers used to hold hazardous material, i.e., motor oil
  • Plastic-coated paper
  • Plastics, unnumbered